Kurt Zouma

Everton agree deal with Chelsea to sign Kurt Zouma on loan

Against the clock

Everton have reportedly agreed a deal with Chelsea to sign French defender Kurt Zouma on loan for the season with just under an hour left in the window.

The Toffees have been on the lookout for central defenders and Yerry Mina is the one that they have been reportedly chasing all summer.

That is because they have an ageing Phil Jagielka in the squad and have already seen Welshman Ashley Williams join Stoke City.

That leaves Michael Keane, Jagielka and youngster Mason Holgate as the only options in central defence.

While Mina looks to have been the primary target for most of the transfer window, the Toffees have also been linked with other defenders. 

Now, one of those links, Kurt Zouma, could be on his way to Goodison Park in a last minute deal on deadline day.

Yerry Mina

Yerry Mina of FC Barcelona plays the ball during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Getafe at Camp Nou on February 11, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Tick tock…

That is because L’Equipe, cited by Get French football, are reporting just over an hour before the transfer window closes that Everton have agreed a loan move with Chelsea for Kurt Zouma.

It was reported this week that the Toffees and Manchester United were set to go head to head for the player but Chelsea did not want to improve a direct rival in United.

Everton, however, would not be a direct rival for Chelsea next season and will give Zouma plenty of time on the pitch.

The big question is whether a deal can be done in time.

L’Equipe do state that it is now a race against time to get a deal done and a transfer sheet submitted by 5pm if they are to get extra time following the deadline.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 29: Marco Silva, Manager of Hull City looks on prior to the Premier League match between Southampton and Hull City at St Mary’s Stadium on April 29, 2017 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

MD: Barcelona pair Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes undergoing Everton medicals

Everton are possibly the busiest side on transfer deadline day with several other deals in the pipeline.

Two of them come in the form of Barcelona duo Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes are said to be having their medicals.

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